On the occasion of her first NYC career survey—Muriel Hasbun: Tracing Terruño, on view now at ICP—multidisciplinary artist Muriel Hasbun joins documentary photographer Susan Meiselas for a conversation around Hasbun's multi-decade long dedication to exploring identity and memory through photography, video, and installation. In particular, Meiselas and Hasbun will discuss both of their work in El Salvador as well as their roles as educators and leaders of organizations championing using photography and art practice for change.

This program is being offered both in person at ICP, located on NYC's Lower East Side, and online. Tickets to attend the conversation in person are $5 and do not include access to ICP’s galleries. Online tickets are available for free.

About the Series

The Naomi Rosenblum ICP Talks Photographer Lecture Series presents one-hour live events featuring scholars and curators in conversation with renowned photographers who champion social change through photography, employ exciting alternative and emerging practices, or ask critical questions about the form. This year’s Fall Season includes Shala Miller with Ebony L. Haynes (9/12/23), Cara Romero (10/11/2023), Sunil Gupta with Gayatri Gopinath (10/17/2023) and Muriel Hasbun with Susan Meiselas (11/28/2023).

Recent participants in ICP Talks include Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Clifford Prince King, Marvin Heiferman, Joshua Rashaad McFadden, Catherine Opie, Farah Al Qasimi, Guadalupe Rosales, Pacifico Silano, Dayanita Singh, and Jeff Wall.

Current ICP students and faculty of the One-Year Certificate programs are automatically enrolled and invited to attend all lectures.

The 2023-2024 Naomi Rosenblum ICP Talks Photographer Lecture Series is made possible through generous support from the Rosenblum Family. Naomi Rosenblum (1925–2021) was a leading historian of photography and a collector; her collection is celebrated in the publication A Humanist Vision: The Naomi Rosenblum Family Collection.

Muriel Hasbun (b. 1961, El Salvador) is an artist and educator who focuses on issues of cultural identity, migration, and memory. Through an intergenerational, transnational, and transcultural lens, Hasbun constructs contemporary narratives and establishes a space for dialogue where individual and collective memory spark new questions about identity and place. Her work has been internationally exhibited and is in private and public collections, including American University Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC; Whitney Museum of American Art and El Museo del Barrio, New York; FotoFest, Houston; Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego, CA; Rencontres de la photographie, Arles; Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris; Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City; and the 50th Venice Biennale. Her awards and distinctions include CENTER Santa Fe’s Producer’s and Curator’s Choice; Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship; Howard Chapnick Grant; Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in Photography and Media; U.S. Department of State and the American Alliance of Museums’ Museums Connect grant; Artist in Residences at Rutgers University as the Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist; Chautauqua/University of Colorado, Boulder; Centro Cultural de España, El Salvador; Escuela de Bellas Artes, Mexico; and the Corcoran’s Outstanding Creative Research Faculty Award. She was a finalist for The Trawick Prize and Sondheim Art Prize, and is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar fellowship. Hasbun is the founder and director of laberinto projects, a transnational cultural memory and education initiative that fosters contemporary art practices, social inclusion, and dialogue in El Salvador and its U.S. diaspora. She is professor emerita at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at the George Washington University, and previously, professor and chair of photography at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Hasbun received an MFA in Photography (1989) from George Washington University where she studied with Ray K. Metzker (1987–88) and earned a BA in French Literature (1983), cum laude, from Georgetown University.

Susan Meiselas is a documentary photographer based in New York. She is the author of Carnival Strippers (1976), Nicaragua (1981), Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History (1997), Pandora’s Box (2001), Encounters with the Dani (2003), Prince Street Girls (2016), A Room of Their Own (2017), Tar Beach (2020) and Carnival Strippers Revisited (2022). Meiselas is well known for her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. Her photographs are included in North American and international collections. In 1992 she was made a MacArthur Fellow, received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015), and most recently the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize (2019), the first Women in Motion Award from Kering and the Rencontres d’Arles (2019) and the Erich Salomon Award of the German Society for Photography (2022). Mediations, a survey exhibition of her work from the 1970s to present was initiated by Jeu de Paume and traveled to Barcelona, San Francisco, Brazil, Vienna, Belgium, and Germany. Mediations was most recently on view at Jakopič Galerija in Ljubljiana, Slovenia. She has been the President of the Magnum Foundation since 2007, with a mission to expand diversity and creativity in documentary photography.

Muriel Hasbun, Todos los santos (Para subir al cielo) / All the Saints (To Go Up to Heaven), from Santos y sombras (Saints and Shadows), Toned gelatin silver print, 1995–96. © Muriel Hasbun